We've sort of been busy for the last few days - the day job can sometimes be such an imposition on the fun and games that you'd prefer to be doing. Things are a bit quiet on the reading front as well, although I've started Dorothy Johnston's Eden and my current position on it can be summed up thus: Wow.
Very sad news from The Age today - Steve J Spears died yesterday - 16th October. He was 56 years old. Amongst an enormous body of other work, Steve wrote 3 crime fiction books in the Stella Pentangeli and Investigator Ng series. Arty, elaborate, and totally unrealistic, they are 3 light-hearted, funny and highly entertaining.
Peter Corris has another Cliff Hardy outing Appeal Denied. Out and about as of June this year (I'm behind as usual) and available via Allen & Unwin's website (for overseas interest).
All I can say is I'm ignorning the ominous rumblings:
"Dirty dealings, corrupt cops, computer geeks and a final showdown at an exclusive Sydney beach - is this Cliff Hardy's last adventure?"
Next up will be The Western Banker by Joe Barrett.
The author is a litigation specialist in the City of London dealing with International Trade, financing and shipping. Currently he is on a sabbatical planning his PhD on the World Trade Organisation. His next novel is to be based on the exploitation of the environmental agenda by big business.
The blurb from "The Western Banker" is:
Neil Cross's Natural History just showed up for review which provided me a) with a book I'm looking forward to reading and b) with a bio on the author that added a few things I hadn't been aware of. Spooks is one of those fabulous British TV dramas, where the pace is taut and the storylines just realistic enough to make you go hmmmmmm. And Neil Cross, who lives in New Zealand is one of the writers on the upcoming 6th Series of Spooks.